5/31 Day 75

We got up early and leaving the shelter we ran into two day hikers who gave us apples and chocolate. One of our first climbs of the day was on The Knife’s Edge, a climb on tall, thin rocks. We had lunch at Bake Oven Knob Shelter. Unfortunatley, the shelter and the surrounding area was full of trash. Late in the afternoon we had one of our most technical climbs thus far. We climbed 900 feet in less than a mile over a steep rock face. The climb was made up of hand and foot climbing where we had to throw our poles in front of you as you went. After an exhausting but exciting mile, we walked along an old grass road around a superfund detour site, an area put on EPA clean-up list. The area had been devasted by a century of zinc smelting in Palmerton. We camped 6 miles north of Lehigh Gap at a primitive camping spot. We camped without water as a listed spring had gone dry. We camped 24.1 miles for the day.

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